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May 17, 2012
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Govt initiates probe into Rohri canal breach

May 17, 2012

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KARACHI: The Sindh government has initiated a probe into the beach in Rohri Canal in Matiari district to avert similar mishaps and resulting calamities in future.Haleem Adil Shaikh, Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Relief, told The News that he has submitted the report to the CM and suggested to form an investigation committee for the purpose.
"Because," he said, "this incident must serve as eye opener for all of us to evolve such mechanism and policy to monitor on quarterly basis the conditions of river and canals embankments," he said adding that it is being planned to formulating committees consisting of public representatives and high ranking government officials to stay watchful. The breach to a major canal had inundated 20 villages and displaced people of almost 30 villages in the neighbourhood.
The community people have plugged the damaged bank, but the displaced families are still living outside. Shaikh said during his visit to the affected area and discussions with the notables and local communities it was learned that the rain-flood affected people of the Union Council Bhaledino Kaka had returned to their homes few days ago.
The breach is another calamity the people are experiencing. There is an urgent need of initiating early recovery project and de-watering in these areas, so the people may live a safer life, he said."I have requested the chief minister that the affected people should immediately be provided compensation," he said.
Meanwhile, Sindh Commission on Disaster Management and Prevention (SCDMP), a network of about 35 humanitarian organisations, working in different districts of the province have demanded the government to assess the losses to the property, infrastructure, agriculture and livestock and announce a package for the rehabilitation of the affected families.
Representatives of member organizations of the network, Naubahar Wasan of Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER), Zulfiqar Shah of

Institute of Social Movements (ISM), Jabbar Bhatti of Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, Abdul Razzaq Umrani of HANDS, Dr Ghulam Haider of Green Rural and Development Organisation (GRDO) and others in a joint statement expressed disappointment over the repair work on damaged embankments in the province. Focusing on the Rohri Canal breach incident, they said affected people need immediate help to return to their native areas.
In this regard, they said dewatering process should be initiated so the displaced families may return back and resume their livelihoods. SCDMP members said Sindh has already experienced devastated floods for two consecutive yearsó2010--2011 with displacement of hundreds of thousands people. There are also forecasts of more rains and flash floods in the future; hence it is the need of hour to take precautionary measures before the forthcoming monsoons.

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